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Three All-American Selections Highlights Impressive List Of Trinity Men's Squash Post-Season Awards

Three All-American Selections Highlights Impressive List Of Trinity Men's Squash Post-Season Awards

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College men's squash first-year Miko Aijanen (Jarvenpaa, Finland) was named as a College Squash Association (CSA) 2019-20 First-Team All-American, while Bantam senior tri-captain Andrew Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and first-year Ali El Toukhy (Cairo, Egypt) both graced the CSA All-American Second Team.  Aijanen was also recognized as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie and Player of the Year, while Trinity senior tri-captain Kush Kumar (Dhampur, India) was named as one of three finalists for the CSA Skillman Award, the most prestigious honor in collegiate men's squash given annually to a senior who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship during his entire college career.  Kumar, Aijanen, and senior Thoboki Mohohlo (Johanessburg, South Africa) represented Trinity on the 2020 All-NESCAC First Team, while Lee and El Toukhy (Cairo, Egypt) each received All-NESCAC Second Team honors. Led by Head Coach Paul Assaiante (26th season), Trinity finished the 2019-20 season with a 19-2 overall record, won its 14th NESCAC title in a row, and finished third in the CSA National Team Championship (Potter Trophy) Tournament. Trinity defeated Virginia, 7-2, in the CSA Quarterfinals but lost to Pennsylvania, 6-3, in the semifinals before edging Princeton, 5-3, in the CSA Third-Place Match.   

Aijanen was nothing short of phenomenal in his first collegiate season, posting a team-high 20 wins against just three losses including an 18-2 mark in dual matches at the top of the Trinity lineup.  Aijanen won two of his three matches in the CSA National Team Championships and reached the finals of the CSA National Singles Championship Pool Trophy "A" Division Tournament.  The 2019 Finnish National Champion is the sixth member of the Trinity program to win NESCAC Player of the Year and the fifth to take NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors.  A graduate of Makelanrinteen Lukio, Aijanen is majoring in economics at Trinity.  He is the son of Sakari Äijänen and Kati Porthan.  

Lee, a four-year starter, posted a 15-3 record this winter including a 12-3 record in dual matches in the middle of the Trinity lineup. He won the CSA National Singles Championship Molloy North "B" Division Tournament title with a 3-0 record in the season-ending event.  Lee is a three-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, and was named as both the Bob Harron Award recipient as Trinity's junior male scholar athlete of the year and as a CSA National Scholar Athlete in 2019.  He closed his fine career with a 55-8 overall record and a 6-3 mark in three Potter Trophy tournaments.  A graduate of SMK Kiaramas High School, Lee is majoring in economics and political science at Trinity. He is the son of Lee Choon Hwee and Chin Lee Kim.

El Touhky finished 16-3 overall and 13-3 in dual matches, including a perfect 3-0 mark in his first Potter Trophy Tournament, playing in the middle of the Trinity lineup. He closed his outstanding rookie year by winning the CSA National Singles Championship Molloy West "B" Division Tournament title with a 3-0 record. A graduate of Cairo High School, he is the son of Hatem El Toukhy and Azza Lashin.

Kumar, a three-time All-NESCAC First Team honoree, was 10-3 this winter playing in the top third of the Trinity lineup.  He finished his fine Bantam career with a 43-19 record while facing the nation's top players throughout his four years.  A CSA First Team All-American in 2018 and 2019, Kumar reached the finals of the CSA National Singles Championship Pool Trophy "A" Division Tournament as a sophomore and the quarterfinals in his junior year.  A graduate of the Seventh Day Adventist High School, Kumar is majoring in political science at Trinity.  He is the son of Om Pragah Singh and and Kusum Devi. 

Mohohlo, a three-time All-NESCAC First Team honoree, posted a 9-3 record this winter at No. 4 in the Trinity lineup.  He finished his fine career with a 42-12 record and was a CSA First All-American in 2017 and a CSA Second Team All-American in 2019.  The 2017 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Mohohlo reached the semifinals of the CSA National Singles Championship Pool Trophy "A" Division Tournament in his first collegiate season. A graduate of Red Hill High School, Mohohlo is majoring in engineering at Trinity. 

CSA All-American Information

Skillman Award information

NESCAC Awards information